Paris Centre Pompidou explores a new side of Henri Matisse with an exhibition celebrating the famous painter’s 150th birthday. What can we say about Henri Matisse we don’t already know? Or is there anything new and innovative to say about Henri Matisse? Come along and discover it from October 21, 2020 to February 22, 2021.
National Museum of Modern Art curator Aurélie Verdier brings together major classic works of the painter but also offers us the occasion to rediscover them by presenting them in a new light.
Works displayed come from Paris National Museum of Modern Art, as well as the collection of two museums devoted to Matisse, one in Cateau-Cambrésis and the other in Nice. The Grenoble museum and its international private loans complete the whole picture beautifully.
This exhibition is the biggest one since the retrospective held in 1970 at the Grand Palais! Let’s not miss this occasion!
The exhibition tells – in nine chapters – the way literature acts as a creative soil for the painter. This exhibition is his life as told in a novel. From his debuts in 1890 to the 1950’s, each period of his life is cut by a literary interlude reminding us of the origin of some works, the relationships with major authors such as Mallarmé, including his poems illustrated by Matisse, or even Louis Aragon who wrote Henri Matisse, a novel.
It’s not only literature itself that is given pride of place in the painter’s creation process. This exhibition also highlights how the painter’s pictorial language changes, how his ‘painting’ words fit movements and changes as intimate as social. The exhibition provides a complete dimension to see the artist’s masterpieces, as well as his failed projects, attempts and never-seen-before works!
We can only get surprised and amazed with the profusion of works displayed in this exhibition. Paintings, drawings, sculptures, reviews, press articles... Wherever you look, there is something to gaze at. We love the range of paintings displayed that faithfully recounts the artist's style and career evolution.
Discover 10 works from the exhibition commented by the exhibition's curator, Aurélie Verdier, before you can once again walk around the 230 works and 70 archive documents displayed.
If you thought you knew everything about Matisse, your surprise is expected for this exceptional exhibition!
Dates and Opening Time
From 21 October 2020 to 22 February 2021
75004 Paris 4
Métro ligne 11 station "Rambuteau"
Tarif réduit: €11
Tarif plein: €14
Ouvert de 11h à 21h, fermé le mardi
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